Spring is here and it’s time to get to work. At Meadow View Gardens, we service many York County resident’s landscaping needs and springtime is the best opportunity to get a jump on things. Headed by our owner, Rick Jacobus, we’ve been serving the community for over 25 years. We even managed the Pennsylvania Garden Show for years and years, all with the purpose of deepening the relationship between community residents and reputable companies.
This article will be centered around a few things to do to freshen up your yard this spring. We offer these services, so if you do not want to do them yourself, or want a professional to help with ideas, please contact us.
It’s Time to Clean the Yard
Springtime should begin with a thorough cleaning of the yard. This includes getting rid of debris that accumulated over the winter such as dead grass, branches from trees, and any other things laying around. This also gives you an opportunity to survey your yard to see what may need to be done in the future. Also, keep in mind that the debris that you pick up, if it is organic, is perfect to throw into your compost pile if you have one.
Check Flower Beds
Check all your flower and gardens beds to make sure they are ready for whatever plans you have for a spring planting. Perennial beds should be weeded and inspected. Annual beds should be prepared for a planting of your choice of flowers. And garden beds should be prepped as well (and possibly seeded soon, depending upon what you want to grow.)
It’s best to rake the yard with a heavy rake in the spring. This allows you go get a lot of bed grass out which creates a good surface for any new seed you plan to lay down. Keep in mind, everything you do in this process will also be a good amendment to your compost pile. If you come across bald spots in the yard, then consider dropping quality soil there prior to seeding.
Best practices say to pruning in the spring allow for many shrubs to have beautiful, vigorous growth throughout the upcoming seasons. But be careful because every plant has different needs. For instance, certain fruiting trees, such as apples, have a specific method of pruning. If done incorrectly, then the plant’s production will suffer and, in some cases, die from improper pruning.
There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh mulch. To us, it means that we’ve made it out of the winter and warmer weather is coming! Whether you want the natural mulch, or a dyed mulch for longer lasting color, it will help beautify your yard, help with weed control, and add nutrients to your garden beds overtime.
Spring is the perfect time to plan for fertilizing. We recommend hiring professionals for this (and we can help). But if you are a go-getter and want to do it yourself, here are a few things to consider. First, research what kind of grass seed you plan to use and match it with an appropriate fertilizer. If you plan on fertilizer shrubs with something like holly-tone, then make sure you are doing it appropriately, meaning the shrubs that you are fertilizer match the directions on the fertilizer’s label. Each plant has different needs. Secondly, this is a great time to consider a pre-emergent to kill any weed seeds that have been dormant over the winter season. But do you re-seed during this process because pre-emergent will kill any seed, including grass seed for your lawn.
Another thing you can do when considering fertilizer is to get your soil tested. This service is affordable and can give you an exact measurement of deficiencies in the soil, allowing you to match a specific blend of fertilizer to give your lawn a needed boost.
Why go through all the trouble of beautifying your yard and not edge? This last step, which is a regular maintenance, gives your lawn the “it” factor for curb appeal. It also helps keep a defined perimeter for easier maintenance throughout the growing season. At Meadow View Gardens, we have all of the tools and know-how to correctly edge your lawn, whether it’s at the sidewalk border or where the lawn meets the flower and garden beds.
Meadow View Gardens is here to help. We have a contact us page that is easy to use if you want to reach out for an estimate on another. We help York County residents with hardscaping such as patios, fireplaces, retaining walls, and anything involving concrete pavers. Another project to consider what be a water feature. Water features are one of our favorite things to install for customers. Theirs is nothing like the sound of trickling water in your backyard. Anyway, we hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather and look forward to talking soon.